Children are like gold- they are precious and strong. Each year, there are over 200,000 kids diagnosed with cancer. That's right, hundreds of thousands of CHILDREN fighting cancer. ONLY 4% of the billions of cancer research money spent each year goes specifically toward pediatric research. Our kids deserve more. I am a pediatric nurse who works in a critical care unit of a Children's hospital. I've taken care of the kids who have just received their terrible news. I've seen them in the midst of their treatment and pain, but I've also seen them shine and sparkled despite adversity. I've taken care of the survivors, and I've held and comforted and cared for the ones who won't survive. I've seen families change and adapt. I've held hands and dried tears and prayed alongside these angels. These children are STRONGER and more beautiful than gold, and these children deserve #morethan4.
On February 9, 2020, I am going to embark on my second half-marathon. I will lace up my shoes and run 13.1 grueling miles. I will run many, many more in the months leading to that date for my training. Every step I take will be for one of these sweet children I've mentioned- the ones who will hopefully get to be strong enough to run their own races one day, but also the ones who will only dream of a finish line. I will be running FOR THE KIDS. I will be running for the kids who can't, but also so that one day, all kids CAN. We cannot allow a disease like cancer to take the lives and childhoods of our world's most precious resource.
I have chosen to run for a reason bigger than myself by fundraising for the kids and families at St. Jude. I am training to cross the finish line on race day and with your donation we can cross the fundraising finish line together because the money you donate helps find a cure for childhood cancer.
Did you know:
- Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90%, and they won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
- St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
Donate today to help me reach my goal. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.